Steven's living the dream with Rangers

STEVEN Hetherington is living every boy's dream by signing for Scottish giants Rangers after being told he has no future at Hartlepool United.

The football-mad Clavering teenager was not among the five players from the Pools Centre of Excellence who were handed two year apprenticeships at the club after being told he was not what they were looking for.

But the 16-year-old, who can play either in central midfield or on the left, refused to be too downhearted and after appearing in a series of trial games, was offered a three-year contract by Scottish Premier League big boys Rangers.

His mother Eileen Hetherington said: "I was over the moon when we heard Rangers wanted to sign him.

"All he wanted to do was play football and he was devastated when he was released from Hartlepool.

"This has picked him up and his confidence has grown. He was offered trials at a few clubs and the coaches said they could not believe he was released by Hartlepool."

Hetherington had been with Pools' Centre of Excellence since the age of eight and has been a regular in the U16s side this season.

After his release, he went to an exit trial day at Elland Road which saw him offered further trials at SPL sides Hearts and Motherwell along with English League One outfit Northampton.

It was while appearing on-trial at Motherwell against Rangers, that the English Martyrs pupil caught the eye.

Bolton Wanderers along with Rangers' fiercest rivals Celtic were both interested but it was Rangers who offered Hetherington a contract.

Eileen added: "Ever since he was young he wanted to play football. His dad played at local level and his brother used to play at Hartlepool at youth level."